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Snowflakes on the Porch

Monday, January 16, 2017

Snowflakes on the Porch

Following Christmas, winter days are calmer with time for relaxing and enjoying the season without the frenzy that often accompanies Christmas. Falling snowflakes bring even a greater sense of peaceful days with the excitement that time stands still, even stops. No school, canceled meetings, changed schedules, sweat pants and hoodies, slow-cooking soups, and movie marathons. 

All without guilt. 


True the spitting snowflakes at my house last week were tiny specks hard to see, but there they were blowing onto the rustic blue box on the porch. I was caught unawares, surprised to see the swirling flakes, but giddy at the sight.


There was just enough snow to cushion the metal chair and to coat the exposed wood floor. 


Small drifts were on the ground, but none were on the warmer sidewalks. 


Just enough snow to cover the exposed wood floor, but not enough to accumulate on the left-over cedar Christmas tree. The skies looked wintry and the temperatures were below freezing all weekend. 


Too cold for this southern girl to sit in the Adirondack chairs. Just a few days before the Arctic Blast (favored expression of local TV weathermen), the 70° days meant lunches in the chairs on the porch. 


The white ceramic snowflake candle holders look right at home with the smattering of snowflakes. 


The potted ivies and yaupon hollies on the porch will survive the snowy cold. 


Snowflakes on ceramic candle holders are ideal decorations for all winter. Fortunately, real snowflakes melt quickly, and the temperatures climb beyond freezing for most of our winter days. 

As usual, the only winter snowflakes on the porch this week were the ones on the ceramic candle holders and ... 


 the glass snowflake ornaments hanging in the kitchen sunspace window. 

Time began again, and normal schedules for school, business meetings, regular clothing, and no-time-for-movies once again quickened the pace, but still not to the frenzy level of the holidays. 

The temperatures were back into the 70° and lunches were eaten once again in the Adirondack chairs. 

For those of you with snowdrifts taller than I am, you will be enjoying al fresco dining in July when I am sweltering in 100° temperatures... staying inside with the air conditioner running non-stop. 

Some years we do get larger amounts of snow, ice, and freezing spells. See the following that chronicled some of those days. 

How do you decorate for winter?
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  1. I love your decor - the photograph of the tree looks as if the branches are mirroring the outstretched arms of the little girl. Fabulous photo.

  2. I love the white snowflake candle holders - and they look so pretty on the blue cabinet with the green tree in the background. So pretty!

  3. This is so pretty in every way. You captured a sweet little Texas moment in time with the snowflakes outside. I love your candle holders!

  4. I love all your snowflake decor.

    I have always avoided any winter decor (except snowmen at Christmas) because we just don't have winter conditions. But, it's a cold winter this year.

  5. Oh Judith!
    Your snowflake story is the dearest! I LOVE your lanterns . . . you collect the prettiest. I have mixed feelings about Winter, yet I do not want to wish away time. How blessed am I to see snowflakes in Texas from here.
    Happy 2017, my friend!

  6. Judith, love your back porch. The snow gives you a winter look along with the gorgeous snowflake candleholders and the greenery adds the perfect touch. We had a little more snow and ice than you so no outdoor cookouts but maybe this weekend since we are back in the seventy degree range. Love being outside for a break. I have to look for those snowflake containers, I love those.........

  7. I was absolutely thrilled with the little bit of snow we had and those frigid temps. I'm a fall and winter person and like you, was absolutely giddy when I saw the little white flakes. I love your candle holders...they are so pretty. That view you have is amazing!! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

  8. Hi Judith!

    I love the snowflakes on your porch- the real ones and the ceramic! We haven't been getting any Arctic blasts here in Ohio, but they're just around the corner. Last year we had hardly any snow in January, and then got blasted in February! Bring it on, I'm ready:) Have a wonderful day!

  9. I love the snowflake crock. So cute. I love the cold. It is a needed break from our warm temperatures. I do miss the sun on these winter days, however. I love your snow covered pictures.

  10. Oh, I really like your porch decor - winter is a favorite of mine - and you've "celebrated" it so perfectly well!

    Found you from Rattlebridge Farm's Foodie Friday linky party.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  11. ps

    Judith, I am your newest follower - so glad to have found you!!

  12. I love to decorate for the winter season and you've given me some great ideas. Evergreens, candles and pinecones are some of my favorite winter décor, but I think I definitely need to add some of those snowflake candle holders to my collection.

    Have a great weekend!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  13. We had a flutter of snow here in the middle of the UK last week, but just a light sprinkle that lasted until midday. Sadly for us, cold bright days like that are few and far between, we have mostly grey this time of year. Still it is nice to find the beauty in whatever comes your way. (and your snowflake candle holders are just gorgeous!)

  14. Love all the snowflakes; inside and out!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  15. Cute lanterns! It has been warm then cold, and then warm then cold. Strange winter for sure! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  16. Julia,
    Thank you for sharing about UK weather. I love hearing about what's going on in other countries. I have been fortunate to visit UK more than once and enjoyed the different countryside and weather.
    P.S. You are a no-reply commenter with no way to reply to you by email.


  17. Judith your porch is so peaceful with the falling snow. We haven't had much more than that at our house here in Indiana. I dream of one big snowfall, enough to indeed keep me home in my sweat pants! Thank you for sharing at TaDa Thursday!!


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